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Thread: New Rig advice: Keeping it Cheap

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2003

    Default New Rig advice: Keeping it Cheap

    All right. Looking to buy a new rig--I've, amazingly, had the one that I'm using now since 2003, and I've only changed the hard drives and the GPU because the first one failed.

    Anyway, I'm definitely on a budget, and I wanted to keep it below 500, but I don't think that's possible. I'm mostly looking to have a rig that'll perform well enough on highish settings in games, and something that is upgradeable for the foreseeable future. Anyway, I was hoping to get some advice. I've been out of the processor loop lately, so I'm definitely looking for some advice there. The GPU I took from recommendations on newegg (and because it comes with a free copy of The Witcher!). Everything else also came from newegg reviews.

    COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower $49.99

    GIGABYTE GA-G31M-S2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

    MSI N9600GT-T2D512 OC GeForce 9600GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16
    $164.99 ($20 MIR, free "The Witcher")

    OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply - Retail
    $134.99 (104 after $30 MIR)

    Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 Allendale 2.2GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80557E4500 - Retail

    G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ - Retail

    Arctic Silver, of course.

    Total before MIRs: 592.93

    Also considering: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail

    As a side note, I already have two hard drives from my old compy that I'm going to move over to the new rig. I've been running a raid 0 array since my old mobo had a built-in controller. It doesn't appear that the new mobo has a raid controller. So I'm thinking I'll just reformat the disks and keep one with XP, keep one free for vista when I decide to bite on that.

    So, I suppose my questions are as follows:

    1. Does anything seem seriously wrong here? Performance bottlenecks? (Especially in terms of the processor) Incompatibility? (I'm pretty sure I've checked that out thoroughly, but it never hurts to check.)

    2. Is there anywhere that I could cut costs and get comparable performance?

    3. Is there anywhere that I could increase performance dramatically for only a minor price difference?

    4. Do you think that processor fan is necessary? I'm not sure if I'll decide to overclock yet, but if I do, would it be foolish to NOT have an upgraded fan?

    5. Is that power supply overkill?

    Any and all opinions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
    Antec 1080AMG with window kit
    P4 3.06 HT@3.38
    Volcano 7+
    ASUS P4C800 Deluxe
    ATI Radeon 9700 pro
    1GB Crucial DDR PC-2700
    Creative Audigy 2

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2007

    Default Re: New Rig advice: Keeping it Cheap

    Yes, the 700W PSU is DEFINETLY an overkill! Try to get a similar model at around 400-600W from a reputable brand.

    The CPU may bottleneck your system as the CPU may not be able to drive the graphics card to its full potential. See if you can atleast get a core 2 duo E6550 or E6750 if your budget can extend that far

    Now for the motherboard, try to get ATLEAST a P35 chipset motherboard, remember there are aLOT of budget P35 motherboards, such as the gigabyte P35-DS3(L/R/P).

    The RAM seems fine. But a question about your ARCTIC Freezer cpu cooler. If you decide to overclock your cpu, then i suggest you buy it, otherwise just stick with the intel retail heatsink.

    Other than that, i tink you may have a pretty fine rig there, though if you do stick with the E4500 it may need upgrading sooner than you think.
    Asrock P55-Extreme
    Core I5 @ 3.2GHZ
    2x2GB G.skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600
    ASUS HD5850
    1TB Samsung SATA II
    Corsair TX650W PSU

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